This week in Winning Post

The return of Winx at Randwick this Saturday signals that racing's silly season is well and truly over.

The mighty mare returns in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes, and as usual she'll be long odds on after a couple of trials confirmed there's life in the old girl yet.

The Light Fingers and Southern Cross are the supporting acts at Randwick, while at Flemington the serious speedsters step out in the group 1 Black Caviar Lightning.

The three-year-olds step out at Flemington in the C.S. Hayes and The Vanity, while the babies match motors in the Talindert.

In Adelaide it's Birthday Cup day, while Ascot hosts the Cyril Flower and the Challenge.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for The Valley and Canterbury night meetings plus Donald during the day, as well as fields, colours and selections for Quirindi, Grafton, Ipswich and Esperance.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Flemington in Melbourne, Randwick in Sydney, Morphettville in SA, Doomben in Brisbane and Ascot in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Bendigo (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Newcastle (NSW edition) and Gold Coast (Queensland edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for four more TAB meetings including Port Macquarie's Country Championship qualifier day plus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday programs.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from Queensland, NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 4, while further back in the book Shane Templeton reminisces, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Tony Kneebone brings you his Snippets column and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.

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Inside Winning Post February 16 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Friday:
The Valley (night), Canterbury (night), Donald
Saturday:
Caulfield, Rosehill, Morphettville, Eagle Farm, Ascot, bet365 Yarra Valley (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Gosford (NSW edition), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
Sunday:
Sale, Hawkesbury, Sunshine Coast, Launceston
Who should be the first horse invited to the All-Star Mile (outside current voting top 10)?
Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start.
Flemington Saturday - R7 N13 Adana 8th
Flemington Saturday - R3 N5 Enigman 8th
Flemington Saturday - R6 N6 George Patton 13th
Royal Randwick Saturday - R8 N8 Frolic 9th
Results
Letter of the Week

Mission accomplished

Fantastic to see the All-Star Mile creating the massive public interest it was designed for.
Melbourne’s autumn needed it. Now it’s onwards and upwards with innovation, especially involving Joe Public.
If this year’s 10 highest voted runners aren’t quite up to the desired standard, fair enough. Them’s the rules, that’s the field. 
Next year there may be a higher minimum grade clause inserted. Although if public interest generated by getting lesser horses into the field outweighs the benefit of having the strongest field, maybe not?

John Tutty
Tweed Heads (NSW)
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Social Networking

Paul Richards introduces a fun formula each week designed to come up with the odd winner for those looking for a small interest or to see if systems really work. On this page he subjects Saturday's fields to one of those systems: